by JENNIFER FRAKES | photos by Spark Photography

Softball Phenom!

student_ramos1Local eighth grader Angela Ramos has an amazing passion for softball. She was recently nominated as one of the top 100 softball athletes in the nation by United States Specialty Sports Association (USSSA). “I am blessed to have been selected to be one of the USSSA Select 30 from those top 100 athletes. I received a ‘Superbowl-like’ ring for that achievement. I am so proud to say that I am one of the products of 4S Ranch Softball League,” revealed Angela, who plays shortstop, third base, and outfield. She is currently playing with Athletics Mercado travel softball team. According to Angela, this organization is helping her get noticed by college recruiters. Angela hopes to receive a college scholarship for softball and is leaning toward becoming a student athlete at UCLA or UCSD. “It would be awesome to study to become an anesthesiologist at one of these schools while also being a part of their softball team,” stated Angela.

Angela began playing softball when she was seven years old. Her mother signed her up for a team to allow her to be active and meet other children. Angela is extremely grateful that her mother encouraged her to play softball and sees her mom as an incredible inspiration. “My mom is the toughest, strongest, and most beautiful person I know,” related Angela.

“I am blessed to have been selected to by one of the USSSA Select 30 from those top 100 athletes. I received a ‘Superbowl-like’ ring for that achievement. I am so proud to say that I am one of the products of 4S Ranch Softball League.”

When she is not on the field, Angela loves attending Oak Valley Middle School, where science is her favorite subject. She enjoys the diversity of the school, as well as the academically challenging yet fun atmosphere. Angela has also been an altar server at San Rafael Church, volunteered for various fundraising activities, and tutored elementary students at Stone Ranch.

Softball is not the only outdoor activity Angela enjoys. “When I was six years old, I hiked with my parents to the top of Vernal Falls at Yosemite. I’ve also done the longest and highest zip line in Puerto Vallarta. The zip line goes from the top of the mountain down to the riverbed,” exclaimed Angela, who enthusiastically added that skydiving is on her bucket list. Needless to say, this adventure-seeker and softball phenom is a local student to watch!


Name: Angela Kay Ramos (13)
School: Oak Valley Middle School
Grade: 8
Parents: Raquel and Marvin Ramos
Favorite Local Spots: 4S Ranch Sports Park, Panera, Ralphs, Baskin Robbins, Ulta

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